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Pete Hoekstra: Michigan Won't Rush to Endorse Any GOP Hopeful

By    |   Thursday, 05 Feb 2015 11:35 AM

Many presidential hopefuls make the Detroit Economic Club an early stop in their campaigns, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra told Newsmax TV on Thursday, and Michigan leaders and citizens will be waiting for specifics from them before they decide which policies they will endorse.

On Wednesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made his first major economic speech as a potential 2016 presidential candidate at the Detroit venue, where he said the U.S. economy should be growing at 4 percent annually. He also said making it easier for skilled immigrants to enter the country is key to economic growth.

"What you're going to see happen in Michigan is you're going to see Michigan Republicans and independents waiting it out and taking a sampling of all the Republican candidates to address what is a very, very real problem," Hoekstra told "America's Forum" host J.D. Hayworth.

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But bringing back once-thriving cities like Detroit, which was at one time the manufacturing capital of the world, will be difficult.

The city has lost almost a million people from its population, said Hoekstra, and it has gone through a painful bankruptcy.

"We're going to have to put in place the right policies at the state and federal level to allow communities like Detroit and areas like Detroit to come back and to bounce back," Hoekstra told Hayworth. "Michigan is going to wait for specifics from the presidential candidates as to what policies they're going to be advocating."

Meanwhile, Hoekstra admitted it would be a "big feather" in Bush's cap to get an endorsement from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

"Snyder has, in the past, shied away from getting into national politics and just stayed focused and said 'my job is to fix Michigan,'" said Hoekstra. "History would say Snyder will sit on the sidelines for quite a while in this primary process, but he also has the opportunity to surprise us."

Also on Thursday, Hoekstra, a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, commented on President Barack Obama's possible plans to ask Congress as early as next week about using troops against the Islamic State, saying that a look has to be taken at the "larger context."

"A lot of what the president has been talking about with ISIS is just about the conflict in Iraq and Syria, but this is more than just that," said Hoekstra. "It's about what's happening in northern Africa and Nigeria.

"How's the president going to do what he promised to do to develop a strategy to confront, contain and ultimately defeat ISIS?"

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Many presidential hopefuls make the Detroit Economic Club an early stop in their campaigns, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra told Newsmax TV on Thursday, and Michigan leaders and citizens will be waiting for specifics from them before they decide which policies they will endorse.
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